Five Things Crystal Palace Need To Do To Defeat Liverpool
Both Palace and Liverpool suffered defeats last weekend that curtailed their respective winning runs. Liverpool’s was the more damaging as it allowed both Chelsea and Man City back into the title race ending a 16-match unbeaten run. For Palace, with survival secured, the loss was less critical after five wins on the bounce, but the gulf in class and motivation with City was a chasm. Logic suggests that Liverpool will return to winning ways because of their quality and perhaps their greater need, but Palace have defied logic recently, so if the attitude is right you just never know.
2. POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Pulis deservedly won the April Manager of the Month for masterminding the extraordinary climb up to 11th place and safety. Many of the players have been talking about the impact of his arrival - how each and every one of them knows their specific role and are confident enough to carry out their duties. This is reflected in the positive attitude of the team and this needs to be maintained, even though there is not much to play for.
3. D & D VERSUS S & S
Whilst Suarez justifiably claimed the Player of the Year gong, Palace have a pair of unsung heroes who have been instrumental in our survival. Damien Delaney has been a revelation, as not many would have predicted how well he would adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, and the addition of Scott Dann in January gave the team some real solidity. These two will have to rise to the occasion to stop the country’s most potent strike force from inflicting real damage.
4. WINGING IT
After performing so well over the last month or so, both Puncheon and Bolasie had disappointing games against City and it is important that these two are on song on Monday. They provide the cut and thrust and both have been transformed by the arrival of Pulis. From being on the periphery of the team under Holloway, they have become fundamental cogs in the rise of the club over the last six months. Puncheon’s goals have grabbed the headlines but Bolasie’s improved work rate has been equally impressive, though he does need to chip in with the odd goal.
5. CAPTAIN(S) FANTASTIC
Both captains are archetypal leaders, and it’s no surprise that they also captain their respective countries. Steven Gerrard will be desperate to put his slip against Chelsea behind him and he will be suitably fired up. Jedinak met his match in Yaya Toure, who was majestic, and it is rare for him to be overshadowed as he was in the City match, so he has something to prove. It was fitting that Jedinak’s penalty against West Ham guaranteed another season in the Premier League, now he and the team need to show we belong alongside the likes of Gerrard, Suarez et al.
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